the gift that lasts forever

Qudrat’s story

As a kid growing up and raised at the AFCECO orphanages, I learned a lot from my childhood life and my friends who were with me at the orphanage.

After my graduation, I was just finding out who I am and what I wanted. Importantly I found myself and began stepping into the world of music in Afghanistan as a young musician.

Suddenly changes were full of sadness and beyond imagination. After the Taliban takeover on August 15, AFCECO had to close its doors and Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) students were also in hiding. Eventually, ANIM found an opportunity to evacuate the ANIM community to Portugal. I decided not to go and leave the country as I was thinking of studying abroad. I worked on a music project while I was in Afghanistan collaborating with my friends and then I also found the ground impossible to make music. Finally, I moved to Pakistan. It was very difficult because I didn’t know anyone nor know anything about my future.

I started working very hard until I was offered a scholarship from two Music schools and Universities. I moved to the U.S on August 11 almost a year after the black day of Kabul and my country.

Now, I am taking music classes and studying Composition Major here at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, MA. and still communicating the suffering of my fellow Afghans through music.